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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Note to Self- Put Down That Smart Phone...

Do you ever shut down your computer to only find yourself picking up your smart phone just a few minutes later? Do you ever really pay attention to how much time you are spending on it?

I know I have fallen into a habit of reaching for my smart phone anytime there seems to be a "down" moment. Half the time, I probably don't even have one of the many alarms going off to let me know I have a new email, text, tweet and/or phone call. Why do I keep grabbing for it?

I think I've figured some of it out while on vacation. Even though it is a vacation for me, my husband has had to work a very good portion of it. We've had plenty of alone time, don't get me wrong but I have realized something while he was off at work...I am not good at being alone anymore.

I used to be the girl that would jump on the US Air shuttle from DC to NY for business and catch the latest flight home so I could walk the city and shop by myself. I used to be the girl that would jump into her car and drive to a childhood park just to take a stroll down memory lane. I used to rent movies that I wanted to watch and no one else did, cuddle up with my blankie and laugh and/or cry all by myself and love every minute of it.

I'm pretty sure that girl got lost somewhere when I became a mom. It's go go go right from the start and for the longest time...well, you are never really alone. You go from having a baby who constantly needs you to a toddler that constantly needs you and you are also a wife, career woman and good friend. Your days are filled. Your head hits the pillow in exhaustion and you wake up exhausted.

Now that I have made the change to being a stay at home mom and my life isn't moving at a million miles an hour because both of my girls are in school full time, I feel guilty when I have a free moment and if I don't feel guilty...I feel lonely. So, I pick up my smart phone trying to fill those gaps of time, those times when I feel like I should be busy or times when I feel alone.

It took me a while to put my smart phone down while I was at the resort by myself while Chris was working but I got the hang of it. I enjoyed my alone time. I remember that I actually like hanging out with myself and my thoughts. I remembered that I don't always have to be "on".

So, the next thing I will be working on to improve myself, my family time and my time with the hubs will be to put my smart phone down and enjoy the down time. I know I'll be a better me, mommy and wife because of it!

I'm linking up with Shell at Things I Can't Say for her Pour Your Heart Out meme. You should too! I've met a lot of great blogfers on her link up at Shell is an amazing writer and person!

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At November 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Shell said...

It's so hard to put it down sometimes! I'll turn the computer off, thinking I'm taking a break... but then I'm right on the phone, checking everything every few minutes!

At November 9, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger My Mercurial Nature said...

But...but...but...I can't! I'm addicted. :-/ LOL

At November 9, 2011 at 2:26 PM , Blogger jen@ living a full life said...

I'm always on one or the other!
And leave the house without my phone...never!!

At November 10, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Maren said...

I keep my smartphone offline when I'm at home, I don't need to be checking things constantly. :)

At November 11, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Adrienne said...

It's so hard to just put those darn things down!

At November 13, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

I've been feeling the same way recently. When I was single and living on my own I could spend an entire day with no tv, no music, just puttering around my apt. all day with just my thoughts to keep me company. No smart phones back then! Today my son told me to put my phone away....whoops!


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